Fee increases make travel firms worried to death

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Finance's decision to raise the fees and charges on travelers has made travel firms worried stiff. They fear that the higher fees would keep travelers away.   The ministry's Circular No. 190 stipulates that from January 1, 2013, the visa granting fee would be nearly double the previous level. Travelers would have to pay US$80 to obtain the visa with the validity of up to one year, $100 for the visa to be valid for 1-2 years, and $120 for 2-3 year … [Read more...]

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Cell phone tree sends message

by Phuong Mai Cell phone tree sends message One fully lit Christmas tree in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang is sending out a strong message on environmental protection to the country. The 2.5m tall tree, made of 2,500 broken and discarded cell phones, has 32 layers of "leaves" and weighs 500kg. The tree stands at the Westcom Electronics Supermarket in My Tho City. Tran Hoang Quan, director of the supermarket, said it took him and his staff eight months and 10 days to … [Read more...]

Leading tourism business honoured

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The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam Tourism Association jointly held a ceremony in the Hanoi Opera House on October 17, 2011 to present the Vietnam Tourism Awards 2010 to 50 excellent tourism businesses. The participants in the ceremony included Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) Hoang Tuan Anh, Deputy Minister of MoCST Ho Anh Tuan, Vice chairwoman of the HCM City People's Committee Nguyen Thi Hong, the leaders of VNAT and VITA, representatives … [Read more...]

Peace at the end of the road

Memories of a battle-torn Cu Chi in her youth, when she fought in the tunnels, have spurred a veteran soldier to turn the land into a park to preserve its history.

by Pham Hoang Nam Tran Thi Tuyet Nga first arrived in Cu Chi in 1961 when the area was peaceful and plentiful. When she went back 10 years later, Cu Chi was a desolate battlefield during the American War, where nothing could survive above ground. Nga lived in a tunnel, fought and witnessed thousands of comrades sacrifice their lives. Her memories of those times inspired her. She had a dream to build something wonderful there and in 1991 the first bricks were transported to Bo Cap (Scorpion) … [Read more...]

Tourism industry shows signs of recovery

Foreign tourists visit Cat Ba Island off Hai Phong City in the north (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The tourism sector has shown signs of recovery with a sharp increase in the number of people booking tourist services, especially local tours, on the anniversary of the Reunification Day, April 30, and May Day. Hotels and guest houses at famous tourist resorts nationwide have been fully booked for over a month. Hong Gai Tourist reported a rise in holiday-makers of 120 percent year on year while Lua Viet Tour said its booking had increased by 50 percent and Ben Thanh Tourist by 20 percent. The … [Read more...]

Many Firsts in Vung Tau

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A new weekend tour by Lua Viet in Vung Tau on the East Sea takes visitors to six unique sites -- like the first lighthouse in Viet Nam and the country's only greyhound breeding center. Vung Tau is famous for its crystalline beaches and beautiful weather (Photo: Dieu Ha) Visitors to this city, which lies 120 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, possibly see many of these places without knowing the importance attached to them. The first lighthouse in Viet Nam Most coastal cities have a … [Read more...]

Safety measures needed to protect Vietnamese tourists abroad

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) issued a dispatch urging Vietnam Tourism Association members and all travel agencies to ensure the safety of Vietnamese nationals travelling abroad. The announcement followed the recent case of a Vietnamese female tourist who was reportedly physically attacked in Malaysia, which raised concerns over travellers' personal safety. The administration also sent a note to the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture asking for a prompt … [Read more...]

Stronger safety measures needed to protect Vietnamese tourists abroad

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism issued a dispatch urging Vietnam Tourism Association members and all travel agencies to ensure the safety of Vietnamese nationals travelling abroad. The announcement followed the recent case of a Vietnamese female tourist who was reportedly physically attacked in Malaysia , which raised concerns over travellers' personal safety. The administration also sent a note to the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture asking for a prompt investigation … [Read more...]

First chartered flight brings Russians to city

Russian tourists pose for a photo upon their arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC Tuesday - PHOTO: MICHAEL ABADIE

Dao Loan These tourists are customers of an international tour jointly arranged by local tourism firm Anh Duong and its Russia-based partner Pegas Touristik Company. The two firms expect to launch weekly chartered flights connecting Russia and HCMC from now. … [Read more...]

Travel season starts off with a bust in Vietnam

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A street vendor and a foreign tourist cross a street in Hanoi's old quarter on October 9, 2014. Vendors parading the streets with colors attracts many foreigners in Vietnam, but their determination to sell also annoys the latter. Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP Foreign arrivals to Vietnam fell significantly across nationalities this year, while the hottest destinations failed to pull many of them back according to recent polling results. A statement from the Vietnam National Administration of … [Read more...]

Vietnam broadens tourism horizons

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(VOV) - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) has recently approved a tourism marketing strategy, which lays out blueprint for growth in the nation's tourism sector over the coming years through 2030. The strategy responds to the need to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector within the framework of competition with other international markets as recognised by the Vietnam government. To this end, it focuses on both domestic and inbound tourism from foreign markets and … [Read more...]

Tourist arrivals slide in October

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(VOV) -International arrivals to Vietnam in October dipped 11.1% compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. So far this year, traffic from Finland plummeted by 59%, followed by Russia (down 32%), Thailand (28%), Taiwan (21%), China (19%) and Sweden (15%). The number of holiday-makers to Vietnam by sea plummeted overall by 90%, while those travelling by air and sea routes fell by 15% and 64%, … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourism sector draws up marketing strategy

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Four key products of Vietnam tourism brand. (Source: VNA) The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved a tourism marketing strategy until 2020 including a marketing roadmap on October 23. Drawn up by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the strategy specifies priorities for the country's tourism, including development of trademarks of unique and diverse products such as cultural heritage, beaches, seas and islands, and ecotourism. The strategy focuses on both … [Read more...]

Can Tho, An Giang and Kien Giang promote tourism cooperation

A high level tourism meeting took place in Kien Giang Province's Rach Gia city on October 18, aiming to discuss tourism cooperation between three provinces in Mekong Delta region, including Can Tho, Kien Giang and An Giang.

 The meeting was chaired by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). According to VNAT, Can Tho, Kien Giang and An Giang is affirmed as the leading provinces in tourism development as per the strategy on Vietnam's tourism development untill 2020, vision to 2030 … [Read more...]

Mekong delta provinces cooperate to promote tourism

(VOV) - How to boost tourism connectivity among Mekong Delta provinces with the technical support of an EU-funded environmental programme was discussed at a high-level meeting in southern Kien Giang province on October 18. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the provinces of Can Tho, An Giang and Kien Giang have been identified as a key tourism development region of the country under the overall strategy for tourism development by 2020 with a vision for 2030. According to the … [Read more...]

Vietnam ranks second in top 10 best travel destinations

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The Hanoitimes - Vietnam has ranked second in the list of top 10 best-value destinations to go on holiday in the world, according to the leading global travel search site Skyscanner. Skyscanner highlighted Vietnam as a well-established stopon the Southeast Asia trail, describing the country as a beautiful, unspoilt destination with super cheap tourist services. The top position goes to its neighbouring Cambodia. … [Read more...]

HCM City agrees to set up tourism department

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HCM City agrees to set up tourism department The HCM City administration has approved a decision to set up a Tourism Department effective October 16. The new tourism department will be separate from the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The city's People's Committee will have oversight over the department, which will undertake activities related to state management of tourism, such as assessment of applications for international travel business licenses and rankings of … [Read more...]

Seminar discusses sustainable tourism

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A seminar in Hanoi on October 9 aimed to strengthen the performance of the EU-Vietnam Programme for Environmental and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development for the Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA) in furtherance of more sustainable tourism. … [Read more...]

Ninh Binh joins hands with neighbouring localities to boost tourism

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The Trang An tourism complex was recognised as a world's cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO in June 2014 (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]